Arable News

Arable News

  • AS I write this column, the fighting in Eastern Ukraine has intensified and European, Russian, and Ukrainian governments are in Munich trying to hammer out a settlement to avoid greater bloodshed, with over 5000 dead since April.

  • SEPTORIA REMAINS a primary target for wheat growers given the threat of yield losses as large as 50% in severely affected crops,but now a new adjuvant promises to help in the fight and reduce fungicide costs.

  • MAKING THE right variety choice is the foundation for a successful crop.

  • THE FUTURE of potato farming through a crystal ball will be the theme of Potato Science Live, a meeting which is set to give growers and agronomists an exciting insight into future technologies.

  • THE WOES of potato growers continues with news that the Potato Council has yet again increased its estimate of total potato production in Great Britain for the 2014 crop year.



  • As spring approaches, growers' thoughts will soon be turning to plans to deal with weeds in wheat and barley crops - and with autumn-sown crops, people are waiting to see how they come out of the winter before finalising spraying decisions.

  • AT A cost of around £8/ha, depending on seed rate, the new root-promoting seed treatment, Radiate, represents a return on investment of 3:1 at current market prices.

  • LAST AUTUMN'S fine sowing weather made for good crop establishment, followed by a rather benign winter, could lead to a higher than normal lodging risks in winter cereals this season, according to a leading independent expert.

  • THE LATEST 'Spring barley growing for the market' guide from breeders, Limagrain UK, is aimed at providing growers with the most up-to-date technical information on spring barley varieties, their agronomy and markets.

  • IT'S ALWAYS good plan to let your oilseed rape plants 'see the light' and that's the thinking behind the new Toprex PGR technology.

The Gleaner

The Gleaner

  • SO FAR this month we have had only 7mm of rain and, with no amount of snow to date, means land is drying up once again so it might not be too long before we see land work action in the fields.

  • The fall in nearby Brent Crude Oil futures to under $50 per barrel from more than $115 per barrel in mid-June is likely to have far reaching effects on agriculture both in the UK and worldwide.

  • IN THE Borders we have had no snow but some high winds, which have caused some damage but will go a long way towards drying out sodden fields.

  • BACK IN harness following the festive period, it is good to note that for the first time in living memory the number of dairy animals has increased by 9646 head from the 2013 figure and it is also the highest there has been since 1997.

  • Following October's feed wheat price rally, futures are now continuing to fall once again as the US maize harvest progress picks up - with UK feed wheat usage also reported down on last year by 11.6%.

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